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Shining a Light on Texas Travel: A Coastline Lighthouse Trip

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Here in Texas, we are extremely blessed to have an amazing stretch of coastline, and along its length are poised a number of lighthouses. These towers make great viewing positions to look out over the water, but they can also teach some fascinating nautical history. Touring these historic reminders of the maritime past makes for a tremendous family trip. Pro tip: plan for a few days of accommodation between stops and you’ll have a boatload of happy campers! Let’s shine a light on Texas travel with a coastline lighthouse trip.

1. Matagorda Island Lighthouse

Shining a Light on Texas Travel: A Coastline Lighthouse Trip

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In Calhoun County, you can find the oldest operational lighthouse in Texas. The Matagorda Island Lighthouse was built in 1852. Its long history includes the Confederacy’s efforts to blow it up, weathering intense flooding, being put out of commission in 1995, and being re-lit in 2000 in honor of the turn of the century. When you visit its grounds, you’ll find a small cemetery onsite, where its keepers and their family members have been laid to rest.

2. Point Bolivar Lighthouse

Shining a Light on Texas Travel: A Coastline Lighthouse Trip

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Point Bolivar Lighthouse is rumored to be haunted. It survived the 1900 hurricane, which completely devastated all things around it, while sheltering 125 people from the deadly storm. The structure has undergone more than 150 years of erosion, yet remains standing like the beacon that it is. You can learn much about the history of this part of Texas with a stop here on your coastline lighthouse trip.

3. Half Moon Reef Lighthouse, Port Lavaca

Shining a Light on Texas Travel: A Coastline Lighthouse Trip

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This fascinating, screw-pile lighthouse is the only example of its type constructed in Texas that remains standing. A stop here on your coastline lighthouse trip will provide you with a bit of history, a glimpse at its red beam (which distinguishes it from the Matagorda Island Lighthouse), and its unique construction style. It has been relocated to the intersection of Broadway St. and Highway 35 in Port Lavaca, allowing for easier of access.